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Matt Pittman

Matt Pittman

Wasatch & Western Rivers

Matt Pittman's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Skiing

Matt Pittman's Bio

Boston native (aggressive driver, foul mouth) turned Midwest Hoosier (corn fed) prior to being adopted by the Wasatch and surrounding rivers.

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Matt Pittmanwrote a review of on August 18, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Comfortable sock that does not take up a lot of room in your shoes. Very thin and comfortable, great to wear to work and/or at the gym. Personally, I prefer a little more padding in a sock to pair with a lighter pair of hiking shoes. That said, a great sock and very breathable for summer wear.

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Matt Pittmanwrote a review of on August 18, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I bought a round of these shirts for my Dad and then picked up some for myself. Great to wear around town, into the office or on a river/drift boat. Outstanding travel shirt as you can simply wash it in a sink, air dry overnight and throw on the next day and it looks like new. Patagonia shirts are durable and the buttons hold up to abuse. Pretty simple all purpose shirt that repels stains from those late night taco cart ventures to normal wear and tear. Love em!

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Matt Pittmanwrote a review of on August 18, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

If you prefer not to wear shoes and let your dogs breathe, this is a great alternative. Light, easy on/off and definitely very comfortable. I find Olukai's footwear (flip flops included) to run large, so I always buy a size down and the same holds true for these shoes. There is plenty of room and they are great for all day wear. The soles provide great traction on ground and did OK in a drift boat. They dry relatively quick and the only warning would be sizing as they are really wide and I have plenty of room with a size down. Probably not going to be running from the cops with any amount of success in these, but a great casual summer shoe.

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Matt Pittmanwrote a review of on July 5, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Thankfully, I am not covered in yeti fur and need sun protection - enter the El Ray shirt. These shirts are equally at home in the office, at the bar or on the river and provide UPF that won't wear off. All Patagonia products are tested independently to meet Australian/New Zealand or AATCC protocols. Basically, <5% of the suns UV rays pass through the product. Just a solid shirt that is durable and comfortable. One tip for longevity, just wash in cold and air dry. If you are hitting the town, just throw it in the dryer on low for 5 quick minutes and skip the iron. These shirts are consistent with PAT and bluesign technologies (helping to evaluate and reduce resource consumption in PAT's materials supply chain) ensuring that PAT uses approved chemicals, processes, materials and products that are safe for the environment, safe for workers and safe for the end customer. Thanks for giving a damn Patagonia - good on ya!

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Matt Pittmanwrote a review of on July 5, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These wading socks are more than other options, but I find them to provide way more insulation and their durability and fit seem to justify the price. The L & R option is great and doesn't leave you with a lot of extra bunching toward the outside toes. 3.5mm neoprene fills out my boots while wet wading and I have had no issue with slipping or getting the sock on/off. Pair these with a light boot (PAT Ultralight Wading Boot) and you are set for a long day during high temps. When you are done, make sure to dry thoroughly (flip inside out too) to avoid any unnecessary funkiness. These are thicker and dry a little slower (may need to remove your boot insole for extra room), but provide a great amount of comfort and warmth when hitting tail waters. Couple them with a thin hiking or running sock for extra comfort.

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Matt Pittmanwrote a review of on July 5, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Not sure what all the fuss is about - if you want a bomber boot that will last for 100+ days of guiding and hard/every day use, sure - a heftier option is warranted. That said, if you want to move light/fast and in comfort, give these boots a shot. As for their grip/stickiness, I find them to be incredibly potent on both the trail and the river. A lot of western rivers are really slick: Provo, Snake, Boise, Green - I have not had any issues and they excel on previous soles from the past. The boot is light (< 3.5lb's/pair) and very comfortable. The upper ankle provides just enough support, but gives enough for all day comfort in a cataraft, boat or on the trail. If you have soft ankles, I would recommend a heftier upper, but I have found these to be the perfect Spring/Summer boot. Vs. a Simms boot (like the Vapor), PAT is definitely a more flexible upper and might have a little less mileage when comparing soles. That said, the PAT soles are softer and more 'sticky' and have done fine for me so far (maybe 35+ days). These boots soak up water like a sponge, but dry very quick and I have not noticed the variance while wadding. I typically keep the laces as a back up and add Simms laces (personal preference, but their laces give enough stretch and find them way more durable) to any boot, but I have found these to be a great boot for the $ and anyone who prefers to walk past the crowds or spend all day hiking into the goods should appreciate this product.

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Matt Pittmanwrote a review of on July 5, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

We picked up the limited Roadie as an auction item to donate and it was the big winner. Something about YETI that makes them incredibly sought after - kudos to the Seiders brothers for sticking to it when everyone told them they were crazy. Is it expensive, very - but that is the only downside. You are starting to see these things pop up on every drift boat and skiff around as they are incredibly durable. The Roadie continues YETI's quest to make the most versatile and tough cooler out there, not too mention a piece that holds ice for days. Whether on a boat, in a campground or walking into Red Butte for a show, these things just work!

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Matt Pittmanwrote a review of on July 5, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

While only a few weeks into using this lantern, I have really appreciated it size, weight, pack-ability and brightness. Late nights on the drift boat help alleviate headlamp shots to the face and kicks off plenty of lumens so that all can re-rig without burning a 6 pack of batteries. On a recent camping trip, this thing shined on the table for dinner/drinks, in the tent and I latched it onto my belt for a quick hit during a caddis hatch. Great dimming feature and plenty bright (and battery life) to leave on as a homing beacon if need be - I would recommend this over my Snow Peak which I have had for years. Finally a lantern from BD that isn't overly engineered and is very clean/simply to use!

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Matt Pittmanwrote a review of on July 2, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Skeptics beware, what will start as a quest for a pair of boxers for a weeklong backcountry trip will end up replacing those faded cotton boxers with strayed ends. ExOfficio makes great all around clothes, why wouldn't their boxers deliver the same performance, they do. Great for everyday wear and easy to wash/rinse/dry in a river, sink, or shower. Don't have access to water, your fromunder will stay at bay for a few days depending on your own BO generation. These last and have been a great find. Do yourself a favor and try to buy just one pair, the damn things are like potato chips.

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Matt Pittmanwrote a review of on July 2, 2015

Beat the heat and the sun.
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

It is not always easy to lather a kid down with sun screen - throw on a silkweight crew and avoid the hassle. Even better if you can pair it with a hat, these shirts have stood up to plenty of abuse without issue. That said, they come home looking like they were used in a Spartan Race, but a quick wash has them looking like new. Great for under a life jacket or for a quick swim, the material doesn't chaff and blocks the sun. The arms are plenty long and this is the only PAT piece that may run a touch large, or maybe our son just has tyrannosaurus arms... It has been brutal out here this summer and these shirts have been used plenty. Great option and drool dries quick!

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Matt Pittmanwrote a review of on July 2, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Kids are hard on clothes and the amount of slobber that is generated from such a small package rivals any large Newfoundlander dog... As with all Patagonia clothing, these shirts stand the test of time. I cannot work up a better quality assurance program than to outfit a kid in a cotton shirt and let them just live. Our son has several as they stand up and come out of the wash looking like new. Support a company that supports our environment and provides a great product - Patagonia delivers again!

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Matt Pittmanwrote a review of on July 2, 2015

Damn, it's cold out here...
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

We got this down suit with the intent of playing in the snow this year, not sure what happened to the snow this year, but SLC was fairly dry. That said, plenty of cold mornings heading into daycare and this suit delivered. It was easy to get in/out, just unzip and slip him right in, great built in hand and foot covers and a soft/fleecy hood/chest. Our son likes to sip coffee on his way into school, so the DWR worked well with the morning joe. Light ski tours in the pack were easy as the suit seemed to keep him really warm and comfortable without being overly puffy. This bunting seemed to work really well on really cold days and just brisk winter afternoons tooling around in the stroller (due to the deep chest zippers). Several friends have already asked for the hand me down and hoping we get one more shot at playing in the snow in 2015/16!

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Matt Pittmanwrote a review of on July 2, 2015

Shake that nasty butt, baby got back...
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Kids abuse clothing a lot worse than grownups, or at least most of us. We have several pairs of these pants that get worked everyday. Daycare abuse (spit up, slobber, sand, water, crayons, food, drink, etc.) is easily washed out. Crawling around on hardwoods covered in dog hair - use your own sticky roller and clean him up real quick. Got a full diaper - change him quick as these are just tight enough to show the world that you neglect your kid and will let him wallow in his own mess. As far as I can tell, that is the only downside - if the smell doesn't clue you in, the lumpy butt will... These have held up great and like all Patagonia kids clothing, will stand up to the day to day abuse.

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Matt Pittmanwrote a review of on July 2, 2015

Works for me, why not for mini-me?
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I have had the same Nano Puff for years. It works across every activity from fishing, skiing, touring, hiking, camping and walking into work. I figured it would be the same for my son and it has delivered. Great colors, great fit and outstanding craftsmanship in such a small piece. Little boys play hard and this thing takes the abuse, and all the washings, like a champ. When in doubt, spend a little more for a piece that will take the abuse and can be cleaned up and passed on once your kid outgrows it - Patagonia prides itself in recycling their pieces/materials, only makes sense to hand it off as a hand me down once it is too small (and I'm confident it will be just as good as day 1).

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Matt Pittmanwrote a review of on July 2, 2015

Fleeces are popular for a reason.
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Patagonia makes great fleeces that last, their kids line is no exception. Outstanding durability on a kid that loves to get dirty and learned to walk wearing it almost everyday. We wash this thing all the time as it gets worked, no color fade, no snags, no issues with the zipper... A great light jacket that can be worn alone or under a warmer jacket during the long run into daycare.

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Matt Pittmanwrote a review of on July 2, 2015

Infants hate hats, this works!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Infants/kids hate keeping hats on, at least our son does. The sun out here burns quick and severe, so we searched for a comfortable hat that he would keep on - this one finally took the place of a heavy schemer of sun screen. The lid is light, snug and has an easy chin strap that isn't too intrusive. We throw this thing on for everything and he associates it with something outdoors and can usually leave it alone long enough to forget he is wearing it at all. Patagonia makes great kids clothing, check them out.

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Matt Pittmanwrote a review of on May 6, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used the Speedster (3.5) for the past two years paired with either a 6 or 7 weight rod (including Spey - being honest, limited time on the Spey setup) and found a lot of pro's and some really picky cons. As with all Lamson reels, construction is first and foremost. It is funny to think that they would call themselves a design company (first) that creates performance reels - but that is the case. I wanted a large/oversized arbor coupled with a thinner spool. The Speedster fit the bill and has provided very rapid line retrieval while ensuring a uniform spool when reeling in lots of line, fast.

Getting geeky, the slight inward placement of the reel handle increases the ease of winding and the balance from such a large reel is spot on and have even used it on a 5 weight ZAxis with dries - no complaints (the light drag delivers a clean set and easily increases pressure when going after larger fish on a streamer). The drag performance and adjustability across all Lamson products has always been high on my wish list, very smooth, quick to adjust and very clean/simple - instant drag engagement is continued in this reel too. The overall smoothness of the retrieval is great, very tight and super fast line winding.
The spool has a ton of porting which helps with weight and expedites line drying. Line barreling is eliminated with the narrow spool.

Again, cons were pretty picky, but the drag stopping power is a bit light and the 'cheaper' spool handle remains fairly consistent across all Lamson reels.

I have found that Lamson's enclosed drag is up to the task and all their reels have held up like my Nautilus. That said, always good practice to clean your reel. Durability has been strong, I am hard on reels whether in the boat or on foot. Nice to have that confidence, especially paired with a lot of sun and your beverage of choice.

When going after big fish, I have loved the fast retrieval - especially when my partners on the boat are fishing too (not too mention the extra emphasis on a quick release for the fish in question). This thing simply powers your line back into the spool and no need to use that finger to help guide the line back in.

End result, Lamson continues with their quest to make a good thing better with a cool/classic styling and incredible attention to detail for the price.

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Matt Pittmanwrote a review of on May 5, 2015

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small

I cannot figure out these waders? I have been incredibly pleased with the Sonic Dry Fly Waders/Wading Socks and have abused them without complaint for the last two years. Redington must have a completely different neoprene bootie configuration/sizing metric for these pants. I have had luck with their XL waders and wading socks (size 13) both accommodating socks/toes for all day wear - I tylically wear a size 12.5 or 13 shoe. Neither the XL or XXL work in these pants and the footie is just way too tight, even w/out socks. An outstanding wading pant from what I can tell and a great lightweight option for the summer and/or on a boat, but the foot sizing is just off on these - just be mindful when ordering.

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Matt Pittmanwrote a review of on April 23, 2015

I give, I give!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Finally waiving the white flag after a few weeks of extended use... I have abused this Eco Vessel mug and have no complaints.

Does it leak - not yet.
Does it smell - only when not washed out (somewhat regularly). Does it fit in a cup holder - not most, stop sipping and start pounding, meow!
Does it keep liquids hot/cold - beautifully and for a good amount of time (see above).

This poor mug has been water boarded by coffee, beer, Moscow mules, tea, bourbon, whiskey and doubled as a pen holder/paperweight in a pinch. The damn thing seems to live up to the hype. Most redeeming quality is the lid, very tight/snug and it doesn't give you the typical leak found in most lids.

Stop being a bro-brah wanna be with your hipster canteen/dinky cup and step up to a mug worthy of the abuse.

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